Reviews of Non-fiction Books to Read

The Art of Rest by Claudia Hammond

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The Art of Rest by Claudia Hammond

You are not alone if you find life to be difficult at times. Life is a constant source of stress. Every little thing adds up, from pressure at work to stress at home, unopened emails to dishes left unwashed - and the continuous existential anguish doesn't get any easier. The good news is that there is a simple remedy for stress: sleep. It was for this reason that the Rest Test, the biggest study on rest ever undertaken, attempted to identify exactly those activities individuals regard to be the most restful. The quiz took 40 minutes to complete and received responses from over 18,000 individuals from 135 countries in 2016. The top ten restful activities were also included in the book The Art of Rest. These notes provide insight into five of the ten actions described above. Their explanations of both why these activities are restorative and how obtaining the proper type of rest may enhance your life are interwoven throughout the book.

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Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth

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Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth

If it is human to make errors, economists are no different from the rest of us in that they make blunders. Theories that enchant us in textbooks often lead us wrong in the actual world, and vice versa. It turns out that even the most famous minds have clumsy feet. Economic concepts, on the other hand, may have remarkable staying power. As the British economist John Maynard Keynes famously observed, “practical men” who value their independence of thought are often “the slaves of some dead economist,” according to his observations. Despite the fact that they have passed their sell-by date, deceptive statements continue to sit on the shelf in the marketplace of ideas.

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Food Fix by Dr. Mark Hyman

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Food Fix by Dr. Mark Hyman

Take a closer look at the ingredients the next time you purchase a package of potato chips or a can of Coke. Isn't it true that they all sound so innocent? Corn syrup, wheat starch, and soybean oil are all used. They do, however, contain the key to a great deal of the suffering that we see around us. Food that has been overly processed is harming ourselves and the environment. It's the driving force behind the terrible statistics on heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. And it is to blame for the massive quantity of CO2 that has been emitted into the atmosphere in recent years. Is there a decline in the number of honey bees? Is it possible to have a summer without butterflies? You probably guessed it. Agroindustrialization, which is needed to create all of the junk food we consume, is destroying the natural environment and hastening the acceleration of climate change.

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The Pegan Diet by Dr. Mark Hyman

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The Pegan Diet by Dr. Mark Hyman

At first sight, the paleo and vegan diets seem to be diametrically opposed approaches to nutritional management. Part of the reason for this is due to a series of popular clichés that contrast the high-fat, low-carb ideologies of meat-eating paleos against the kale-first policies of allegedly self-denying vegans. These clichés include In reality, the two diets have a lot more in common than they do not. Aside from meat, both advocate for a plant-based, whole-foods diet that is low in carbohydrates, sugar, dairy, and additives and high in fiber. To get the best of both worlds, the Pegan diet combines these two complimentary dietary ideologies into one set of straightforward, science-driven recommendations that promote health and extended life span. It is explained how eating properly may enhance your mood, why meat does not have to be an ethical catastrophe, and how to make veggies the main attraction at every meal in these notes.

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A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

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A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

Seeing the sky filled with stars at night is one of the most visually stunning and thought-provoking sights on the planet. There is something about the twinkling of the universe that begs us to take a moment and consider some of the most profound mysteries of the universe. A Brief History of Time will contribute to the illumination of these mysteries by revealing the principles that govern the cosmos. Because it is written in understandable terms, it will assist even those who are not scientifically inclined in understanding why the cosmos exists, how it came to be, and what the future will look like. You will also learn about odd phenomena like as black holes, which are a kind of vacuum that draws everything (or nearly everything) toward them. Even more importantly, you will learn the mysteries of time itself, since these notes offer the answers to queries such as "how quickly is time passing?" as well as "how do we know it's moving forward?"

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